Xmas and Rebel Flags

On my way back from one of my schools this morning I spotted this sign… My first thought was, “Oh boy, yet another pastor who is ignorant of church history, and who buys into that ‘War on Christmas’ junk.” About.com gives a nice concise description of how the phrase “Xmas” came to be. It is … Continue reading Xmas and Rebel Flags

Gloria

Today is the first Sunday of Advent. For those of us who refuse to live by the commercial calendar, it’s the start of the Christmas season. Well, not really that even, but the preparation for the Christmas season. I’ve mentioned before that one church where I worked, the minister would not allow any Christmas music … Continue reading Gloria

Environmental Religion

I was scanning radio channels on my short wave radio the other day and came across an interesting right-wing rant against environmentalism.  First, the comentator refered to environmentalists as "greenies", "..that’s what we call them..," he stated.  The pamphlet he was promoting on air tries to show that the concept of global warming is actually … Continue reading Environmental Religion

Worldlier Than Thou

CAUTION: Overly broad generalizations ahead. Today I caught myself using a double-standard. As we were having lunch today, a family came into the restaurant wearing clothing that marked them as being of some evangelical brand of Christianity. If the ultraconservative ankle-length dresses and lime-green sport coat weren’t enough, then the large leather thumpable Bible was … Continue reading Worldlier Than Thou

Sand Prayer

The Tibetan Monks are at Furman this week, promoting awareness of their country and the Free Tibet movement. Part of their activities included the creation of an elaborate sand mandala – part worship, and part prayer. The mandala is build up grain by grain with colored sand in a meticulous process. The final product has … Continue reading Sand Prayer

The Return of NoBoJo

It’s back! The websites formerly known as "Bob Jones a Go-Go" has returned. The URL is now www.nobojo.org, but the content is the same. The tagline is "A Look Inside the Wacky World of Bob Jones University," and that should give you a pretty good idea of the site’s flavor. Written by a former BJU … Continue reading The Return of NoBoJo

Lie of the Devil

After watching last night’s documentary on the Tomb of Jesus, I got to thinking about those that would dismiss everything simply because it doesn’t fit in with their faith.  The convenient phrase would be that it is a "lie of the Devil." I find that to be a highly useful phrase.  If you don’t agree … Continue reading Lie of the Devil

Archeoporn

That was one of the terms used by a panelist on the discussion program following Discovery’s "The Tomb of Jesus Revealed" to describe the program. We watched the entire two hour program and found the ideas intriguing, albeit not "compelling" as Simcha Jacobovici, the filmmaker, contends. I found it to be about as intriguing as … Continue reading Archeoporn

Midnight Mass

Christmas Eve we attended a Solemn Midnight Mass at Prince of Peace Catholic Church.  Linda wanted to attend, and Houston and I tagged along.  It was my first mass, and and I found it to be an intriguing and somewhat confusing experience. The service began with a service of music at 11:30 PM.  A good … Continue reading Midnight Mass